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An inclusive school playground: Six key criteria

Is your school’s playground truly inclusive? We look at six key tenets for effective, inclusive playground areas and offer some ideas, tips, and guidance


Play is possibly the most important part of a child’s early development. Through play children learn to make friends, cooperate and collaborate, learning vital motor skills, strength and coordination.

Play teaches youngsters cause and effect, how to assess risk and how to make decisions. They learn how to communicate and make sense of the world.

When planning a school playground, it is therefore vital to consider everything we can do to create the best possible play experience for our children. This doesn’t necessarily mean expensive equipment but could mean space for children to run around, quiet spaces, or inclusive areas catering for all children, regardless of physical ability.

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